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an insane person; lunatic.
Historical Examples

Why Bayard in the nineteenth century’s a bedlamite, Irish or no.
The Celt and Saxon, Complete George Meredith

The bedlamite replied, “The world said I was mad; I said the world was mad, and they outwitted me.”
The Jest Book Mark Lemon

Any way, it came to be used for a witless fellow, or bedlamite.
Chapters in the History of the Insane in the British Isles Daniel Hack Tuke

Up the steep, narrow lane we ran with that bedlamite crowd at our heels.
Greenmantle John Buchan

Whether knave, fool, or bedlamite, it is intolerable that the fellow should go at large.
Twice-Told Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne

Thus perished an ardent and learned youth, who ought only to have been condemned as a bedlamite.
Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3) Isaac D’Israeli

The bedlamite replied, The world said I was mad; I said the world was mad; and they outvoted me.
Joe Miller’s Jests, With Copious Additions Various

But you should remember that John Ford had to put such a sentiment in the mouth of a bedlamite.
Hansford: A Tale of Bacon’s Rebellion St. George Tucker

Mollie paced up and down like a bedlamite, sobbing and scolding to herself, and quite broken down with one day’s imprisonment.
The Unseen Bridgegroom May Agnes Fleming

And I ain’t out of my head—not yet; though keepin’ company with a bedlamite may have some effect, I shouldn’t wonder.
The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln

(archaic) a lunatic; insane person


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